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LA council votes to delay community center update

LA council votes to delay community center update


Ellie Van Houtte/ Town Crier
The Los Altos City Council voted to delay adoption of a community center conceptual design plan last week. The plan includes elements from a design charette held earlier this fall, left.

The Los Altos City Council last...

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Schools

Scientists bring experiments into MV classrooms

Scientists bring experiments into MV classrooms


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
During a Science is Learning geology lesson, Theuerkauf Elementary School students learn about igneous rocks by observing how sugar changes form when heated.

Hundreds of local elementary students perform experiments w...

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Community

Local actors star in PYT's 'Oklahoma!'

Local actors star in PYT's 'Oklahoma!'


Courtesy of Peninsula Youth Theatre
PYT’s “Oklahoma!” features, from left, David Peters of Mountain View, Jenna Levere of Los Altos and Kai Wessel of Mountain View.

Time is running out to catch Peninsula Youth Theatre’s production of “Oklahoma!”...

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Sports

Eagles advance

Eagles advance


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos High’s Carmen Annevelink, left, and Kristen Liu put up a block against Mountain View. Annevelink totaled 20 kills.

Mountain View High’s out-of-the-gate energy could last for only so long against rival and he...

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Comment

Coping with addictions: Haugh About That?

Preparing to deal with my lifelong addiction, I stood in front of the mirror ready to confess the shame I’d been hiding. The first step to healing, I reminded myself, is to admit something is wrong.

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Special Sections

NASA, Google agreement preserves Hangar One

NASA, Google agreement preserves Hangar One


Bruce Barton/Town Crier
Hangar One, pictured here last January, will be restored under an agreement between Google and NASA.

NASA and Google Inc. forged an agreement last week that allows Google to lease a portion of NASA’s historic Moffett Fede...

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Business

State Street science center closing Nov. 30

State Street science center closing Nov. 30


Ellie Van Houtte/
Helix at 316 State St. is closing after the completion of a one-year grant from Passerelle Investment Co. The science center became a popular destination because of its various exhibits. Town Crier

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Books

Children's author signs books at Linden Tree

Children's author signs books at Linden Tree


Author Tiffany Papageorge is scheduled to sign copies of new her book 11 a.m. Dec. 6 at Linden Tree Books, 265 State St., Los Altos.

Papageorge’s “My Yellow Balloon” (Minoan Moon, 2014) is a Mom’s Choice “Gold” winner. In the book, the Los Gat...

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People

JAMES WINDELL SMITH

JAMES WINDELL SMITH

January 11, 1939 – November 6, 2014
Resident of Mountain View

James Windell Smith, a 40 year resident of Los Altos, passed away from complications after a post-surgery stroke November 6th, 2014 in Los Gatos, California.

Born on January 11, 1939 on...

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Travel

Olive Sonoma: There's more to the quaint town than wine

Olive Sonoma: There's more to the quaint town than wine


Eren Göknar/ Special to the Town Crier
While many day-trippers may think that Sonoma is all about the grapes, the region boasts other delights. Try a biplane ride over the patchwork landscape.

Sonoma, a scenic two-hour drive from Los Altos, boa...

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Stepping Out

LA Stage Company opens 'Fairway'

The Los Altos Stage Company production of Ken Ludwig’s new comedy “The Fox on the Fairway” is slated to run Thursday through Dec. 14 at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

A tribute to the English farces of the 1930s and 1940s, “Fox” is a romp that p...

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Spiritual Life

Author of Jewish historical novel slated at Congregation Beth Am

Author of Jewish historical novel slated at Congregation Beth Am


The Beth Am Women have scheduled “A Conversation with Author Maggie Anton” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20 at Congregation Beth Am, 26790 Arastradero Road, Los Altos Hills.

Anton, winner of the 2012 National Jewish Book Award for Fiction, will discu...

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Magazine

Christmas At Our House home tour celebrates 26 years

Christmas At Our House home tour celebrates 26 years


Courtesy of Christopher Stark
Homes on the St. Francis High School Women’s Club’s Christmas at Our House Holiday Home Tour showcase a variety of architectural styles.

The days grow short on sunshine but long on nostalgia as the holidays approach...

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A year in the making: First Friday organizers celebrate anniversary with holiday event


Photo By: Ellie Van Houtte/
Photo Ellie Van Houtte/

Shoppers browse inside Cranberry Scoop, located at 295 State St., during First Friday festivities marking the event’s one-year anniversary. Town Crier

First Friday organizers celebrated the monthly event’s first anniversary in style last week with a variety of holiday-themed festivities for the December “All Aboard for the Holidays” gathering.

The event included musicians and carolers performing throughout various areas of downtown Los Altos as children enjoyed free locomotive train rides and a visit from Santa Claus at 359 State St. In addition, Fiesta Vallarta, Maltby’s Restaurant & Tavern, Opa! and Ristorante Bella Vita hosted happy hours.

Organizer Joe Eyre told the Town Crier that First Fridays – a program of the Los Altos Community Foundation – originally started as a “social experiment” of sorts, citing the need to increase downtown vibrancy at night for merchants and shoppers alike.

Initially, he added, organizers from the grassroots group Los Altos Forward didn’t know what to expect when they kicked off the inaugural First Friday last year.

“We didn’t know what we were doing,” Eyre said with a chuckle about the event, featuring a different theme each month. “We just knew we wanted music and we wanted the merchants to stay open later.”

Eyre said organizers convinced approximately 25 downtown merchants to remain open until 8 p.m. for the initial event, which drew a sizable crowd and “set the stage for future events.” Since then, he added, First Fridays have consistently included the participation of 25-36 downtown merchants.

“I remember we were handing out Xeroxed copies of our program, which contained a map,” said Eyre, who estimated that 10-12 volunteers organize the event every month. “It was pretty basic, but the reception was great. We realized we were on to a good thing.”

And while the monthly event has gained in popularity, Eyre noted that a key part of its success stems from downtown visitors changing their shopping habits.

These days, he noted, several shoppers will purposely wait to purchase goods downtown until the monthly event occurs, because it offers the added benefit of serving as a social opportunity. Eyre added that the event has also caused several little-known downtown merchants to gain in popularity.

As for the future, Eyre said, organizers continue to work toward making First Fridays a part of the fabric that makes up downtown Los Altos.

“Hopefully we can keep this going. That’s the plan anyway,” Eyre said. “We don’t want to lose momentum now.”

For more information, visit www.losaltosfirstfriday.org.

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